The Neuroscience of Trauma and Its Healing: The Road Back to the Neurobiological Core Self

Presented by AEDP Founder & Director Diana Fosha, PhD & Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD

Recorded for On Demand Learning


This online seminar is for professionals and students in mental health and the healing arts and sciences including: Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs, MD’s, Nurses, Creative Arts Therapists, and Masters & Doctoral students as well as soon-to-be licensed Interns & Trainees.


Training Description

Through the presentation of cutting-edge neuroscience,  transformational theory informing clinical practice and videotaped therapy sessions, this workshop will provide an opportunity to see in clinical action the application of insights derived from neurobiology and attachment research, to facilitate deep transformational change and heal relational trauma.

Ruth Lanius MD, PhD, drawing on her work as both world famous neuroscientist and in-the-trenches trauma clinician, will focus on the neuroscience of brain/mind/body correlations underlying five dimensions of consciousness: time, thought, body, emotion, and intersubjectivity and explore how they are affected in trauma, more specifically in dissociation and PTSD. The emergence of the self through the integrated experience of these five dimensions of consciousness and its relationship to the development of major brain networks during childhood and adolescence will also be described. The neuroscience underlying alterations in each of these five dimensions of consciousness frequently observed in various forms of psychopathology will be discussed to demonstrate the importance of these dimensions in the healing practice. Experiential exercises involving the use of imagination, imagery, and mind/body techniques will be utilized to illustrate relevant concepts.

Diana Fosha, PhD, drawing on neuroplasticity, affective neurobiology, attachment theory, developmental research into caregiver-infant interactions, and transformational studies, developed AEDP’s fundamentally experiential, dyadic, healing-oriented practice. This workshop will focus on how to work with trauma and dissociation. The videotapes will illustrate experiential clinical work that hugs the upper limits of the window of tolerance as a way of expanding the patient’s relational, emotional  and receptive affective capacities. The focus will be on techniques involving affirmation and recognition, making use of the therapist’s affective responses.  The clinical work will demonstrate moment-to-moment tracking informed by Jaak Panksepp’s concept of the neurobiological core self. Manifestations of that concept will be tracked from the earliest moment of the 1st session through the end of the treatment in a patient with complex PTSD.

By viewing this workshop, participants will learn to:

  • Describe the neuroscience of brain/mind/body correlations underlying five dimensions of consciousness: time, thought, body, emotion, and intersubjectivity.
  • Identify the five dimensions and how they are affected in trauma, more specifically in dissociation and PTSD.
  • Recognize the emergence of the self through the integrated experience of these five dimensions of consciousness.
  • Name three interventions used to work with the patient’s relational, emotional  and receptive affective experiences.
  • Identify techniques involving affirmation and recognition, making use of the therapist’s affective responses.
  • Demonstrate one of AEDP’s signature clinical techniques, “moment-to-moment tracking.”
  • Understand the concept of the neurobiological core self and its relationship to transformance and core state.

Meet the Presenters

Diana Fosha, PhD

Diana Fosha, PhD, is the developer of AEDP™ psychotherapy, a healing-based, transformation-oriented treatment model. And she is Founder and Director of the AEDP Institute. For the last 20 years, Diana has been active in promoting a scientific basis for a healing-oriented, attachment-emotion-transformation focused trauma treatment model. Fosha’s work focuses on integrating positive neuroplasticity, recognition science and developmental dyadic research into experiential and transformational clinical work with patients. Her most recent work focuses on promoting flourishing as a seamless part of the AEDP therapeutic process of transforming emotional suffering. Drawing on affective neuroscience, attachment theory, mother-infant developmental research, and research documenting the undreamed-of plasticity in the adult brain, AEDP is an experiential clinical practice which reflects the integration of science, (Read More…)

Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD

Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry is the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario. She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Workplace Program services that specialized in the treatment and research of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related comorbid disorders. She currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests focus on studying the neurobiology of PTSD and treatment outcome research examining various pharmacological and psychotherapeutic methods. She has authored more than 150 published papers and chapters in the field of traumatic stress and is currently funded by several federal funding agencies. She regularly lectures on the topic of PTSD nationally and internationally. She has recently published a book Healing the traumatized self: Consciousness, neuroscience, treatment with Paul Frewen.


Requirements

AEDP Institute On Demand Trainings are to be viewed on your private computer or smart device. They are intentionally not downloadable; we “stream” them. So, having a high speed Internet connection is important to having a good learning experience.

This training is intended to be viewed only by mental health professionals and students in mental health or related fields. You will be asked to provide evidence of and swear to uphold your professional credentials before completing registration and payment and receiving access to the materials.


Fees & Registration – not including Continuing Education Credits (CE)

$149 for non-Members
$129 AEDP Institute Members only (you must be logged in to receive the discounted price.)

Continuing Education Credits

CE hours may be available. See registration confirmation email.

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